Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Isabel Factor” as Want to Read:
The Isabel Factor
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Isabel Factor

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp -- and her debut as a Counselor In Training -- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them ou...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Kids Can Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Isabel Factor, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Isabel Factor

Unbelievable by Sara ShepardFlawless by Sara ShepardPerfect by Sara ShepardKiller by Sara ShepardWicked by Sara Shepard
Great books for teens that are "quick" reads
33rd out of 96 books — 43 voters
Curious George by H.A. ReyHow Not to Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. WyerThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonWatchmen by Alan MooreOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Yellowest Books Ever
448th out of 800 books — 384 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 446)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kylie
From the beginning i was hooked on this book.Friesen does a good job putting you into the situation that Anna is in with her best friend, Zoe. I personally would recommend this book to anybody, its a heartwarming story about two best friends getting separated that were together forever to learn to be without one another.

The first impression i got of Zoe was that she was wild and willing to anything and not afraid at all..on the other hand Anna seemed to be on the other side of the spectrum. Th...more
Janelle
Eh. That's what I thought of this book. It was just eh. I read it in a few days, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I just wanted to finish it so I could get onto my next book. I liked the plot, and how it was set at summer camp. And I do think that the book had a good message, but I just couldn't get into it. Anna seemed a little annoying, and Isabel seemed just like her best friend Zoe, except a little more outgoing. There wasn't any romance in this novel, which was probably one o...more
Mary (Books In Her Head)
I enjoyed reading the sweet story, that was surprisingly fairly original, though very predictable. (Summer camp, really?) I sat down and read it in one sitting, and didn't ever really feel obligated to stop, I just wasn't very taken with it.

But, I will say that main reason I even picked up the book was the descriptive and well written chapters, so that did make up a little for the average story.
Isabel
Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased since my name is Isabel and my sister's name is Anna, but I really liked this book. A lot.

I thought it was a fun book but I don't remember a lot about it, I read it a year ago--don't know why I'm doing a review just now! It was really good though.

I suggest reading it.
Klymene
Mar 06, 2011 Klymene rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: unfinished
I originally checked out this book to read to my little sister with the same name. I was very disappointed to see all the swear words in the text. This was hardly an appropriate book for her. The story was very bland, and kind of predictable. All in All, I was very disappointed in the quality of this book.
Bekah
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the realization that isabel brings with her, her blunt attitude, just how real she is compared to the pretend attitude of the main character and her best friend. I loved the lessen isabel tought to the main character... i enjoyed reading this book.
Brooke
This book has some language. So be warned.
It was a cute book about friends -- one always has to win and then finally that's not enough for the loser. It's about being okay with who you are and learning the group doesn't have to rule and isn't necessarily right.
Edriam
Sep 24, 2010 Edriam added it
this book really taught me alot about friendship, it actuali hhelped me identify my real self. i see myself as anna because i am always trying to please others and i never want anything bad to be said about me. i guess this book talks about majurity.
Julia
really good, about a girl and her friend (zoe) who are CIT's at a camp, and zoe can't go for the first couple weeks, and then anna (the main character) meets isabel, and zoe and anna's friendship changes. READ
Buckeyeroo18 iluvbooks
A great book that is really touching. A book definately for tweens. It's about girls going to a camp. A perfect book about friendship, keeping the old but making new.
Mei-Mei Chang
It was pretty bland and predictable. Stereotypical summer camp, over-used friendship story situation.
Isabel
Oct 03, 2011 Isabel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isabel by: Lisa Taylor
This was a very good book. I didn't piick it out my friend did!

Thank You Lisa!!!!!
T-rex
This book is just amazing! I loved it... and got REALLY sad when I finished it!
 Pat
It was a great book to see how friends can work through difficult situations.
Sutthida Vonn
I thought that this was a good book. It teaches you about friendship.
Jhampshire
i really liked this book....but for some reason i wish it had gone on longer
Jc
Honour Book for the CLA Young Adult Book Award in 2006.
Tlewis
May 26, 2008 Tlewis added it
this is such a funny book! i love te writting style!
Donna
Great summer


read. Makes me wish I was at camp.
Elaine
I did not like this book. In fact, I hated it.
Kaitlyn
Liked this book a lot, very funny :)
Lesley
cute book, terrible cover
Ceci Rodriguez
This book was great!
Holly
I loved it!!!!!!
Dragonr
Dragonr marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2014
Ms Hiltz AHSS LLC
Ms Hiltz AHSS LLC marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2014
Beizal
Beizal marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2014
Sami
Sami marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 14 15 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Nowhere to Turn (Robyn Hunter, #6)
  • The Perfect Summer (Sweet 16, #3)
  • Jessica's Cookie Disaster (Sweet Valley Twins, #89)
  • Wishes and Dreams (Sweet 16, #2)
  • Being Bindy
  • The Beckoners
  • Never Been Kissed (Sweet 16, #1)
  • Soul Love
  • Halloween Havoc (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, #4)
  • Missing Abby
  • The Dark and Deadly Pool
  • The Princess of Pop (Truth, Dare, Kiss, Promise, #2)
  • Mary-Kate & Ashley: Our Story--The Official Biography
  • Starring You and Me (Sweet 16, #5)
  • Cross Our Hearts (Sweet 16, #8)
  • My Secret Boyfriend (Young Adult Fiction)
  • Hottie (Hottie, #1)
  • Walking Backward
563887
Gayle Friesen lives in Delta, British Columbia.
More about Gayle Friesen...
Janey's Girl Losing Forever Men Of Stone For Now The Valley

Share This Book

“Okay. Sometimes the truth just lands at your feet in a lump, like a big, dead bird falling out of the sky. No warning...I stand there under the branches of the Honesty Tree. More dead birds of truth fall down all around me.” 3 likes
“Don't you think...doesn't it seem sometimes like life is like a plane?...And we're all piloos, you know, of our own planes. When things are going smoothly then we're, like, on autopilot, but sometimes things get a little, well, turbulent and then we have to land the plane on our own..."What about the air traffic control?"...Well, sure. Sometimes the guy is helpful, but maybe he's drunk?...Or maybe there's this big fog so you just put your hands on the controls and look for the runway lights and do your best. On your own.” 3 likes
More quotes…